How to Flock a Christmas Tree: Two Easy Methods

Test out these two ways to flock a Christmas tree or other greenery for a sparkling snow-covered appearance on your favorite holiday decor.

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Want your indoor holiday decor to have the snow-covered look? A flocked artificial Christmas tree is the answer. There's just something magical about a flocked Christmas tree covered in ornaments. These two flocking methods—one using Christmas tree flocking spray and the other flocking powder—will give Christmas greenery a winter wonderland vibe without the mess of melting snow.

We'll show you how to create the look without creating a mess. Each method can be touched up year after year for a flawless finish.

flocked decorated christmas tree
Matthew Clark

Method 1: How to Flock a Christmas Tree With Flocking Powder

Supplies Needed

  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth
  • Christmas Tree Flocking powder
  • Mesh wire colander sifter
  • Spray bottle
  • Water

Step 1: Prep Work Space

Prepare your work surface with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth ($3, Target) for easy cleanup. You will be dusting your Christmas tree or wreath with flocking powder ($5, Michaels), so make sure you are in a well-ventilated space cleared of keepsakes. The flocked tree will need time to dry, so don't do this in a room that you need to use immediately after.

Close up of Christmas tree on table
Matthew Clark

Step 2: Protect Base

Protect the base of your tree or anything you don't want to flock by wrapping it with plastic sheeting or a plastic trash bag. Open and fluff the branches of the artificial Christmas tree for a fuller look. Make sure to fluff before flocking the tree so that the powder falls in the correct places on the branches.

Woman spraying water on Christmas tree
Matthew Clark

Step 3: Spray Tree

Using a spray bottle ($4, Target) set to the mist setting, lightly spray the tree with water. Be careful not to oversaturate the branches. Make sure the tops of the branches are well-misted since that's where you want the faux snow to sit.

Woman sifting powder with strainer on Christmas tree
Matthew Clark

Step 4: Apply Flocking

Place flocking powder into a mesh wire sifter. Using a sifter rather than your hand for sprinkling ensures the distribution of powder will be more even across the surface of the branches.

Holding the sifter above the moist branches, sprinkle tree flocking powder on the tops of the tree branches. You may need to slightly mist branches with water as you go to ensure an evenly white flocked Christmas tree.

Woman putting powder with strainer on Christmas tree
Matthew Clark

Step 5: Layer and Let Dry

Continue sprinkling flocking powder and spraying branches until branches reach desired coverage. Once you are done adding flocking powder, mist water over the top one more time and let dry. Decorate with twinkle lights or ornaments as desired.

Method 2: How to Flock a Christmas Tree With Flocking Spray

Supplies Needed

  • Can of Christmas tree flocking spray
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth
  • Plastic Bag

Step 1: Prep Work Space

Protect your work surface with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth. Work in a well-ventilated space clear of keepsakes. Your flocked Christmas tree will need time to dry, so flock the tree in a room that doesn't get much traffic. Prep the can of flocking spray by shaking.

Step 2: Protect Base

Protect the base of the tree or any part of your item you don't want to flock by wrapping it with plastic sheeting or a plastic bag. Open and fluff the branches of the tree for a fuller look. Make sure to fluff before flocking your Christmas tree.

spraying miniature flocked tree
Matthew Clark

Step 3: Spray Branches

Spray the tops of the branches with flocking spray ($10, Amazon) in a steady back-and-forth motion. Continue layering the flocking spray until reached desired coverage. The closer and more you spray, the heavier the snow appears. Once you are done spraying the branches, let them dry. Decorate with lights and ornaments as desired.

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